California Birds Loaded with Lyme Disease

California Birds Loaded with Lyme Disease

Something doesn’t add up.

We know birds have been carrying ticks all over the world and spreading Borrelia that way. But now, according to a study just released by the University of California at Berkeley, 623 birds representing 53 species yielded 284 I. pacificus larvae and nymphs, however, the species of Borrelia in the birds did not match the species in the nymphs. Continue reading

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Human-to-Human Transmission of Fatal Tick Virus Confirmed

Human-to-Human Transmission of Fatal Tick Virus Confirmed

Korea is reporting a higher than normal rate of infection of the tick virus, known to be fatal from tick bites.

However, for the virus to pass from human to human indicates a frightening change in the virus which will hopefully not indicate a rising trend worldwide. Continue reading

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Moving Forward With Lyme Disease

Moving Forward With Lyme Disease

I’ve been trying to write my Lyme disease story for days but it just hasn’t felt right.  I just realized that it’s because I don’t really want to go back there.  It seems like a distant, blurry dream and I’m ok with that. 

I want to move forward.  Continue reading

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Bryan Rosner Hits it Big With New Book

Bryan Rosner Hits it Big With New Book

For those of you like me who first heard of Bryan when reading his book on Rife machines, you may not recognize the tone or scope of this latest book.

I was surprised that he lauds antibiotics (which was vilified in his first book), but felt that it shows his intellectual honesty along with the close attention he gives to ongoing research and treatment success from the Lyme experts. Continue reading

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Global Warming Affects Increase in Lyme Disease Especially in Northeast

Global Warming Affects Increase in Lyme Disease Especially in Northeast

According to Outbreak News Today, an article by Harold W. Manter from the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and  affiliated zoologist, Daniel Brooks warns that humans can expect more illnesses like Lyme disease to emerge in the future, as climate change shifts habitats and brings wildlife, crops, livestock, and humans into contact with pathogens to which they are susceptible but to which they have never been exposed.

The expert admit we are losing the war against emerging pathogens and especially infectious diseases carried by ticks.

The authors explain that most Ixodes ticks spend more than 95% of their lives on or just below the ground surface digesting a blood meal, moulting, in diapause or seeking a host.

The conditions at the ground are critically important to tick survival and population explosion which has been observed by the generations of families that have lived in the Northeast.

My mother was born and raised in a small town near Sunday River Ski Resort in the western mountains of Maine. She was a tomboy and remembers spending hours in the woods and around the lakes and never seeing a single tick.

Now ticks are not only common in the western mountains of Maine, but each year the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease continues to grow – even by CDC standards.  And the population of ticks in coastal Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are far worse than ever before.

According to “Climate, environmental and socio-economic change: weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission“, Manter and Brooks report that research conducted on Ixodes scapularis around the time of the discovery of Lyme disease, indicated that tick populations in coastal Massachusetts, USA, were only found after mild winters.  

The article at this time, I. scapularis in the northeastern United States appeared to be restricted to coastal southern New England, a zone of relatively cool summers and warm winters compared with inland sites. These observations led to the conclusion that extreme cold and heat were unsuitable for this species, limiting its distribution and affecting its population dynamics.

At the time of these observations, researchers mistakenly considered their study organism a distinct, northern species of tick that had been named I. dammini. Only later, when it was revealed that the New England ticks under study belonged to populations of a widespread species,I. scapularis, were many of the conclusions revised.

The presence of I. scapularis in much colder climates of Minnesota and Wisconsin and in much warmer climates of Georgia and South Carolina provided evidence that the species tolerated a considerably wider range of conditions.

Additionally, Changes in habitat mean animals are exposed to new parasites and pathogens. So the ticks that are feeding on the same animals, are picking up more diseases and passing them on to human hosts whether they are aware of it or not.

Certainly it is hard to miss a 106 degree fever, but even so, my grandson has been to the ER several times with fevers over 105 – one time included seizures, and the doctors did not look for any reason beyond encephalitis. Could he have Relapsing Fever?

You bet.

But when the ER doctor says everything is OK it is a lot easier to believe than that your child has a tick-borne disease.

The Royal Journal also features a study by researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, which demonstrate that in the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions.

Cary Institute ecologist and co-author of the study, Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld notes, “Nearly two decades of data revealed climate warming trends correlated with earlier spring feeding by nymphal ticks, sometimes by as much as three weeks. If this persists, we will need to move Lyme Disease Awareness Month from May to April.”

Risk of tick-borne illness is shaped by complex interactions among pathogens, ticks, and host animals. Take the case of Lyme disease: blacklegged ticks acquire the bacterium that causes Lyme when they feed on small mammals that harbor Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks seek a single blood meal at each life stage: larva, nymph, and adult. Larval ticks are only born free of the Borrelia bacteria if the parent is free.

If the parent is infected, it has been recently discovered that the larval ticks are infected too.

Tiny infected larval and nymph ticks pose the greatest threat to people because they are so small as to be almost microscopic.

Dr. Taal Levi of Oregon State University led the emergence analysis; he performed the work while a Postdoctoral Associate at the Cary Institute. Levi explains,

“Understanding when ticks are active, and at what life stage, is essential to predicting tick-borne disease spread. Pathogens that cause a lasting host infection, such as the Lyme disease bacterium, benefit from a lag between nymphal and larval feeding. The same might not be true of other pathogens, like Powassan virus, that are transmitted when larvae and nymphs feed simultaneously.”

“Results suggest that significant climate warming may reduce risk of anaplasmosis and the Powassan virus, but increase Lyme disease risk, particularly in the Upper Midwest where tick feeding patterns are likely to become more asynchronous.” 

With Ostfeld emphasizing, “Here in the Northeast, warming is already having an effect, and people need to be tick-vigilant before May, as potentially infected nymphal ticks are searching for their blood meals earlier and earlier.”

It is clear that vigilance, protection and extreme caution needs to be observed by any and all who venture outdoors in early spring, but even in the height of summer or late fall or early winter, the risk still remains.

 

Sources:

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/climate-changes-effect-on-emerging-diseases-lyme-disease-35716/

Parham PE, Waldock J, Christophides GK, et al. Climate, environmental and socio-economic change: weighing up the balance in vector-borne disease transmission. Philos Trans R Soc Lond, B, Biol Sci. 2015;370(1665):20130551.

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Desloratadine, a Common Antihistamine May Treat Lyme Disease

Desloratadine, a Common Antihistamine May Treat Lyme Disease

It is always good news when researchers find something that discourages the stealthy and seemingly incurable Lyme disease.

A recent medical report was just released on February 10, 2015 by  Jayakumar Rajadas, PhD, director of the Biomaterials and Advanced Drug Delivery Lab at Stanford University School of Medicine along with a team of researchers (see report at link in Sources at Dove Press). Continue reading

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People Are Dying From Lyme Who Don’t Know They Have It

People Are Dying From Lyme Who Don't Know They Have It

Yes, it is true. 

Three people between the ages of 26 and 38 died from Lyme induced heart attacks between November 2012 and July of 2013 in New England (NY, CT and MA) who didn’t even know they had Lyme disease. Continue reading

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Yolanda Foster Fights For Her Life and Sanity

Yolanda Foster Fights For Her Life and Sanity

For those of us who have gone through the terrifying loss of mental capacity, pain and weakness that the Hollywood star, Yolanda Foster is now going through, we all share in her distress and wish her a speedy recovery.

Unfortunately, there is no speedy recovery from Lyme disease. Continue reading

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Interviews needed re: Chronic Lyme Disease Experience

Interviews needed re: Chronic Lyme Disease Experience

I am sharing (with permission) this request I recently received. Hopefully we can help our cause from another angle…objective research. The request came to me as follows:

My name is Victor Fontaine and I am a candidate for the Masters student in Global Innovation Management at North Carolina State University.  Continue reading

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A Lyme Co-infection That Causes Cancer-Like Cells

A Lyme Co-infection That Causes Cancer-Like Cells

Theileria microti is a human disease caused by a microscopic parasite very similar to Babsia microti, a common co-infection of Lyme disease, so similar that the classification has been debated amongst scientists for over fifty years.

Not surprisingly, T. microti is transmitted by deer ticks. What IS surprising is that it has not been mentioned as a possible co-infection of Lyme disease even though it can be fatal if it is not diagnosed. 

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Train with Dr. Cowden! Learn About Treating Chronic Lyme and More.

Train with Dr. Cowden! Learn About Treating Chronic Lyme and More.

This is last minute AND if you want to go live you must travel to Dallas. However, you may also watch the webinars instead of going there in person.

Dr. Cowden is focused on training medical practitioners of all kinds, but of course anyone interested in holistic medicine is welcome to join.

There will be 10 modules over the next 2 years.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP: Continue reading

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The Healing Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

The Healing Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

Dr. Cowden warns that only the highest quality food grade DE is a health supplement.  Any other kind can be very dangerous which is why there are such wide views on DE as an alternative health product.

Some of the most recent studies show that it can strengthen bones and joints, prevent osteoporosis and restore bone health if you already have osteoporosis, boost the immune system, ward off Alzheimer’s, prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, and strengthens the arterial walls to maintain good heart health. Another of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats in the body. Used as a daily treatment, diatomaceous earth can alleviate the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Additionally, because of its physical structure, diatomaceous earth is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body. It can remove intestinal bacteria, parasites, e-coli, viruses, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. It has also been known to assist with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.

Diatomaceous Earth is mostly silica, a mineral that is required for all life on earth. DE also contains other trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, titanium, boron, manganese, copper, and zirconium. For these minerals, many people add small amounts of diatomaceous earth in a drink or meal – but it must be FOOD GRADE ONLY.

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Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

In 2008, Cymbalta became the second drug to receive FDA approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It was classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant.

At the time, the FM community was excited to have another medication available that would hopefully reduce pain for at least some FM patients. Little did we suspect the misery that could result when those patients wanted to stop taking Cymbalta. Continue reading

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Deadly Bourbon Virus; a New Co-Infection of Lyme Disease

Deadly Bourbon Virus; a New Co-Infection of Lyme Disease

A Kansas farmer, John Seested, age 68, died in June, 2014 after testing negative for all tick-borne illnesses, The Fort Scott Tribune reported. Still, tick-borne illnesses was listed among three causes of death on his death certificate. He was 68. Continue reading

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Best Antibiotics to Combat “Persisters” in Lyme Disease According to New Study

Best Antibiotics to Combat

What is a Lyme disease “persister”?

Mounting evidence that shows Borrelia (Lyme disease) to remain active and continue to cause painful and debilitating symptoms even after antibiotic treatment has been given the name PTLDS or Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome in a strange determination to avoid the term “Chronic Lyme Disease.” Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo Signs Pro-Lyme Disease Bill Into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Pro-Lyme Disease Bill Into Law

The State of New York has gotten something right.

A new law has been passed in New York protecting Lyme doctors from persecution thanks to the New York State Legislature, strong Lyme activism under Ellen Lubarsky, NY Coalition and Chair of New York City Lyme Disease Support Group and Jill Auerbach, Chair of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association (along with many other Lyme support groups throughout New York State, New England and across the country,) and especially the state’s Governor Cuomo who ultimately signed the bill into law. 

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Studies Show Lyme Disease Persists After Antibiotic Treatment

Studies Show Lyme Disease Persists After Antibiotic Treatment

Yes, that is a picture of Dr. Alan Steere, one of the three doctors at Yale who discovered Lyme back in 1979.

So much has happened in the last three decades, but it took less than 10 years for researchers to Continue reading

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Aloe Arborescens for Lyme Disease

Aloe Arborescens for Lyme Disease

Over the last few years I have received many questions about aloe arborescens. I knew I had written about it, but due to numerous computer crashes and the BIG HACK (two years ago my blog posts were hacked and deleted!) I could not seem to find the information.

So it was while I wasn’t looking that I found the original post and decided to update the medical references and repost for those of you who are at your wits end. Continue reading

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Lyme Disease MSIDS History in the Making

Lyme Disease MSIDS History in the Making

Momentum is slowly changing as more and more esteemed medical doctors stand up for the dilemma patients struggle with to find compassionate treatment for their chronic Lyme disease, or as it is now becoming known as MSIDS (multiple symptom infectious disease syndrome.)

Borrelia, the family of bacteria that includes over 100 types in the US and 300 worldwide that we are aware of, can not be considered on it’s own due to the interaction of Lyme disease with the many co-infections.  However, Continue reading

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The Integrity of Advanced Lab Services

The Integrity of Advanced Lab Services

Until early 2012 there was no reliable diagnostic test beyond what is mentioned above. However as of 8/1/2012, a blood culture boasting 99% accuracy (later adjusted to 94% based on comparison testing ) was developed with the assistance of Dr. Burrascano which is accurate in all cases unless there is contamination. The test is a blood culture produced and run by Advanced Lab Services (http://www.advanced-lab.com ) . Continue reading

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Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Can you even tell what kind of tick is in the picture? It is a deer tick (larvae) and it is already infectious. Yes, it has been recently discovered that ticks become infected by their mother. Also, be aware that you don’t need a bull’s eye rash to confirm Lyme disease. And it doesn’t need to be a deer tick either.

There are only four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body.  That means Continue reading

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Has Columbia University’s Lyme Research Center Sold Out to IDSA?

Has Columbia University's Lyme Research Center Sold Out to IDSA?

In 2003 the excitement was contagious.  For so many thousands of people suffering with chronic Lyme disease there was finally hope on the horizon.

Although the Lyme Research Center would not open until 2007, Columbia University Magazine wrote that year: “…Time for Lyme will continue to raise funds to establish the Columbia University Lyme Disease Research Center, the first Lyme disease research center in the United States…  U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., will accept the Time for Lyme Outstanding Service Award for his advocacy of national Lyme disease legislation. Continue reading

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Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Back in 2010, Yale reported the increasing evidence that pointed to migratory birds spreading Lyme disease not just between states but around the world.

A team led by School of Public Health researcher Maria Diuk-Wasser analyzed studies on 71 bird species that host the black legged tick, the main carrier of Lyme disease. Continue reading

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RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

The discoverer of the spirochete that causes Lyme disease passed away yesterday, November 17, 2014.

In 1982, researcher Willy Burgdorfer, a researcher and expert in spirochetal diseases at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, along with his colleague Alan Barbour, M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  The scientists had been studying a large number of ticks in an effort to determine the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Continue reading

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Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

At the root of Lyme patients’ struggle for care is a heated debate within the medical community over how best to diagnose Lyme disease, the reliability of laboratory tests and the major difference between the definitions of chronic Lyme disease versus post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS).

Chronic Lyme disease assumes an active disease which continues to cause symptoms and PTLDS assumes a disease that has been treated Continue reading

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